Leeds Young Film Festival is box office magic for kids in Leeds

A scene from Back to The Future.
A scene from Back to The Future.
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Calling all movie lovers – the opening credits are nearly ready to roll on this year’s Leeds Young Film Festival.

The Leeds City Council-backed festival gets under way next Monday, March 30, and runs until Friday, April 10.

And today organisers revealed the silver screen treats lined up for the event, taking place for the 16th time.

Films being given gala screenings are Back To The Future (April 2), Moomins On The Riviera (April 9) and Song Of The Sea (April 10).

The Everyman Leeds cinema will be celebrating the magic of the Pixar studio by showing animated favourites such as Cars and Monsters Inc.

A busy programme at the Hyde Park Picture House includes a selection of films aimed at fans aged 15 or over, including Strangers On a Train and The Voices.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the festival also features a special section called The Film House.

Running from April 3 to 6, it will offer cinema-themed workshops and activities at Leeds Town Hall as well as screenings of films including Paddington and The Lego Movie.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, the council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said: “As always, an action-packed and diverse programme will feature in this year’s event, which is guaranteed to both captivate and entertain young people of all ages.”

For further information, visit www.leedsyoungfilm.com.

The Film House section of the festival is being supported by the British Film Institute, using funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Mitchell Kezin with veteran film director John Waters. Picture: Jeff Henschel

Film interview – Mitchell Kezin on his film Jingle Bell Rocks! which screens in Leeds